Via our friends at SB Nation Detroit, we learn that Dennis Rodman, who helped the Bulls win three NBA titles, will have his Pistons No. 10 retired by the Detroit club -- in an April 1 game, when the Pistons will face the Bulls.â†µâ†µ
We don't think this is an April Fool's joke, either; this is from SB Nation Detroit quoting an official Pistons press release:â†µâ†µ
The Detroit Pistons announced today that the club will retire Dennis Rodmanâ€™s #10 jersey during a halftime ceremony on April 1, 2011 when the Pistons host the Chicago Bulls at The Palace of Auburn Hills.â†µâ†µâ†µ
â†µ"Iâ€™m pleased that we are honoring Dennis for his accomplishments as a player and his contributions to the success of the organization," said Joe Dumars, President of Basketball Operations for the Pistons. "His jersey retirement is well deserved."
Rodman played hard and played well rebounding basketballs for the Bulls for three seasons; it can be argued that they might not have won those championships without him, although some guys named Jordan and Pippen may have had quite a bit more to do with those title years. Still, Rodman led the NBA in rebounding each of the three years he was with the Bulls, averaging 14.9, 16.1 and 15.0 boards per game.â†µâ†µ
Still, the most enduring image most Bulls fans have of him is this:â†µâ†µ
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... and it's unlikely the Bulls will ever retire his No. 91.